SAGAWA BUNZď I

Stage names:

Sagawa Bunz˘ I In Japanese
Sanogawa Yoheiji In Japanese
Sagawa Yoheiji In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 1725 [1]

Activity: 1707 ~ 1724

Connection:

Master: Sanogawa Hanazuma I

Career:

Before 1707: disciple of Sanogawa Hanazuma I, he received the name of Sagawa Yoheij and made his apprenticeship in tabi shibai or in hama shibai.

11th lunar month of 1707: Yoheiji performed as a tachiyaku at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Kobuku Nifukujin".

1st lunar month of 1708: he took the name of Sanogawa Yoheiji and performed as a d˘kegata in the same theater in Kurumaya Chűemon's drama "Fukubiki Urű no Sh˘gatsu".

Spring 1715: he took the name of Sagawa Bunz˘ I and performed in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1715: Bunz˘ became katakiyaku and played in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai the role of Daid˘ji Iwaemon in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Mochimaru Ch˘ja", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1716: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1716: Bunz˘ performed in the same theater in Sahoyama Hikozaemon's ni-no-kawari drama "Sesshű Saiji Kaich˘".

4th lunar month of 1716: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: Bunz˘ played in ďsaka at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Hong˘ Tameemon in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Ichigura", which was produced by Sawamura S˘jűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1717: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1717: Bunz˘ played in the same theater the role of Izu Makiemon in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Chibiki no Ishi".

11th lunar month of 1717: Bunz˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Man'yo Chihayanosuke in the kaomise drama "Inari Yashiki Daikoku Bashira", which was produced by Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1718: Bunz˘ played in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai the role of Nagaoka Bannoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Seigaiha", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

1st lunar month of 1719: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

3rd lunar month of 1719: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's 1708 puppet theater drama "Keisei Hangonk˘" by Ky˘ya Yagoshir˘, which was produced by Arashi San'emon III in ďsaka at the Higashi no Shibai; Bunz˘ became jitsuaku and played the role of Fuwa Banzaemon [casting]. Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1719: Bunz˘ switched back to katakiyaku and played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Iwagusu Hy˘go in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Mitsu Gashiwa", which was produced by Kaneko Kichizaemon.

1st lunar month of 1720: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1720: Bunz˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kitabatake Hy˘go [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Nishiki no Kusazuri", which was produced by the zamoto Takeshima K˘zaemon II.

1st lunar month of 1721: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1721: Bunz˘ played at the Higashi no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Kazaori Kingo in the kaomise drama "Tenryű Chiryű Kogane no Suzunari", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

11th lunar month of 1722: Bunz˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ Nobutsura in the kaomise drama "Shingoten Aioi no Komatsu", which was produced by Arashi San'emon III.

12th lunar month of 1722: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's puppet theater drama "Nebiki no Kadomatsu", which was originally written in the 1st lunar month of 1718. The play was staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai under the new title "Yamazaki Yojibŕ Hanchű Bushi"; Bunz˘ played the role of the yakko Gonbei [casting].

1st lunar month of 1723: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1723: Bunz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with ďtori Michiemon and Sawamura Otoemon I.

Fall 1723: Bunz˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1723: Bunz˘ become tachiyaku and played in Ky˘to the role of T˘ma Jűsuke in Fukuoka Yagoshir˘'s kaomise drama "Teono Hajime Kogane no Ishizue", which was produced by Segawa Kikunoj˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1724: Bunz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Bunz˘ played in the same theater the roles of ďgishi Kazuemon and Sanai in the new year ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Futakamiyama". This was his last-recorded performance.

3rd lunar month of 1724: Bunz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1725 [1]: Bunz˘ died.

Comments:

Sagawa Bunz˘ I was a Kamigata, who was active in Ky˘to and ďsaka from the second half of the 1700s to the first half of the 1720s. He was able to play a wide range of roles, as a tachiyaku, a katakiyaku or a jitsuaku. His forte were jitsugoto and fukeyaku. He succeed in reaching the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank, twice in two different categories: first as a jitsuaku, then as a tachiyaku.

[1] 1725 or 1727.

Sagawa Bunz˘ I (left) and Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I (right) playing the roles of Kitabatake Hy˘go and Honma Sukejűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Daimy˘ Nishiki no Kusazuri", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1720 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Sagawa Bunz˘ line of actors

 
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